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SF 3374

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/15/2018 01:04pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to elections; permitting eligible individuals who are at least 17 years of
age to preregister to vote; providing for automatic voter registration of applicants
for a driver's license, instruction permit, or state identification card; requiring the
secretary of state to provide election security training; appropriating money for
the purposes of providing grants for the purchase or lease of electronic rosters;
appropriating money for necessary upgrades to the statewide voter registration
system; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 13.607, by adding a
subdivision; 201.022, subdivision 1; 201.054, subdivisions 1, 2; 201.061, by adding
a subdivision; 201.071, subdivision 1; 201.091, subdivision 4; 201.161; 204B.27,
subdivisions 5, 10.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 13.607, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Data derived from driver's license applications. new text end

new text begin Data on an application for
a driver's license, a Minnesota identification card, or a learner's permit transferred to the
secretary of state that are provided by a person whom the secretary of state determines is
not eligible to vote are governed by section 201.161.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 201.022, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Establishment.

The secretary of state shall maintain a statewide voter
registration system to facilitate voter registration and to provide a central database containing
voter registration information from around the state. The system must be accessible to the
county auditor of each county in the state. The system must also:

(1) provide for voters to submit their voter registration applications to any county auditor,
the secretary of state, or the Department of Public Safety;

(2) provide for the definition, establishment, and maintenance of a central database for
all voter registration information;

(3) provide for entering data into the statewide registration system;

(4) provide for electronic transfer of completed voter registration applications from the
Department of Public Safety to the secretary of state or the county auditor;

(5) assign a unique identifier to each legally registered voter in the state;

(6) provide for the acceptance of the Minnesota driver's license number, Minnesota state
identification number, and last four digits of the Social Security number for each voter
record;

(7) coordinate with other agency databases within the state;

(8) allow county auditors and the secretary of state to add or modify information in the
system to provide for accurate and up-to-date records;

(9) allow county auditors, municipal and school district clerks, and the secretary of state
to have electronic access to the statewide registration system for review and search
capabilities;

(10) provide security and protection of all information in the statewide registration
system and ensure that unauthorized access is not allowed;

(11) provide access to municipal clerks to use the system;

(12) provide a system for each county to identify the precinct to which a voter should
be assigned for voting purposes;

(13) provide daily reports accessible by county auditors on the driver's license numbers,
state identification numbers, or last four digits of the Social Security numbers submitted on
voter registration applications that have been verified as accurate by the secretary of state;
and

(14) provide reports on the number of absentee ballots transmitted to and returned and
cast by voters under section 203B.16.

The appropriate state or local official shall provide security measures to prevent
unauthorized access to the computerized list established under section 201.021new text begin, including
requiring user access only through multifactor authentication controlled access
new text end.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 201.054, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Registration.

new text begin(a) new text endAn individual may register to vote:

(1) at any time before the 20th day preceding any election as provided in section 201.061,
subdivision 1
;

(2) on the day of an election as provided in section 201.061, subdivision 3; or

(3) when submitting an absentee ballot, by enclosing a completed registration application
as provided in section 203B.04, subdivision 4.

new text begin (b) An individual who is under the age of 18, but who is at least 17 years of age and
otherwise eligible, may submit a voter registration application as provided in section 201.061,
subdivisions 1 and 1b.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 201.054, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Prohibitions; penalty.

No individual shall intentionally:

(1) cause or attempt to cause the individual's name to be registered in any precinct if the
individual is not eligible to votenew text begin, except as permitted by section 201.061, subdivision 1bnew text end;

(2) cause or attempt to cause the individual's name to be registered for the purpose of
voting in more than one precinct;

(3) misrepresent the individual's identity when attempting to register to vote; or

(4) aid, abet, counsel, or procure any other individual to violate this subdivision.

A violation of this subdivision is a felony.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 201.061, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 1b. new text end

new text begin Preregistration. new text end

new text begin An individual who is under the age of 18, but who is at least
17 years of age and meets all requirements for eligibility in section 201.014, except for age,
may submit a voter registration application at the address in which the voter maintains
residence pursuant to subdivision 1. Nothing in this section shall be construed to entitle an
individual to appear on a polling place roster or cast a ballot at an election if the individual
does not meet all eligibility requirements for voting, including age.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 201.071, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Form.

Both paper and electronic voter registration applications must
contain the same information unless otherwise provided by law. A voter registration
application must contain spaces for the following required information: voter's first name,
middle name, and last name; voter's previous name, if any; voter's current address; voter's
previous address, if any; voter's date of birth; voter's municipality and county of residence;
voter's telephone number, if provided by the voter; date of registration; current and valid
Minnesota driver's license number or Minnesota state identification number, or if the voter
has no current and valid Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota state identification, the
last four digits of the voter's Social Security number; and voter's signature. The paper
registration application may include the voter's e-mail address, if provided by the voter. The
electronic voter registration application must include the voter's e-mail address. The
registration application may include the voter's interest in serving as an election judge, if
indicated by the voter. The application must also contain the following certification of voter
eligibility:

"I certify that I:

(1) deleted text beginwill be at least 18 years old on election daydeleted text endnew text begin am at least 17 years old and understand
that I must be at least 18 years old to be eligible to vote
new text end;

(2) am a citizen of the United States;

(3) will have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding election day;

(4) maintain residence at the address given on the registration form;

(5) am not under court-ordered guardianship in which the court order revokes my right
to vote;

(6) have not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote;

(7) have the right to vote because, if I have been convicted of a felony, my felony sentence
has expired (been completed) or I have been discharged from my sentence; and

(8) have read and understand the following statement: that giving false information is a
felony punishable by not more than five years imprisonment or a fine of not more than
$10,000, or both."

The certification must include boxes for the voter to respond to the following questions:

"(1) Are you a citizen of the United States?" and

"(2) deleted text beginWill you be 18 years old on or before election daydeleted text endnew text begin Are you at least 17 years old and
will you be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the election in which you intend to
vote
new text end?"

And the instruction:

"If you checked 'no' to either of these questions, do not complete this form."

The form of the voter registration application and the certification of voter eligibility
must be as provided in this subdivision and approved by the secretary of state. Voter
registration forms authorized by the National Voter Registration Act must also be accepted
as valid. The federal postcard application form must also be accepted as valid if it is not
deficient and the voter is eligible to register in Minnesota.

An individual may use a voter registration application to apply to register to vote in
Minnesota or to change information on an existing registration.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 201.091, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Public information lists.

The county auditor shall make available for inspection
a public information list which must contain the name, address, year of birth, and voting
history of each registered voter in the county. new text beginData on applicants submitted pursuant to
section 201.061, subdivision 1b, are not part of the public information list until the voter is
registered or has voting history.
new text endThe list must include the party choice of any voter who
voted in the most recent presidential nomination primary. The telephone number must be
included on the list if provided by the voter. The public information list may also include
information on voting districts. The county auditor may adopt reasonable rules governing
access to the list. No individual inspecting the public information list shall tamper with or
alter it in any manner. No individual who inspects the public information list or who acquires
a list of registered voters prepared from the public information list may use any information
contained in the list for purposes unrelated to elections, political activities, or law
enforcement. The secretary of state may provide copies of the public information lists and
other information from the statewide registration system for uses related to elections, political
activities, or in response to a law enforcement inquiry from a public official concerning a
failure to comply with any criminal statute or any state or local tax statute.

Before inspecting the public information list or obtaining a list of voters or other
information from the list, the individual shall provide identification to the public official
having custody of the public information list and shall state in writing that any information
obtained from the list will not be used for purposes unrelated to elections, political activities,
or law enforcement. Requests to examine or obtain information from the public information
lists or the statewide registration system must be made and processed in the manner provided
in the rules of the secretary of state.

Upon receipt of a statement signed by the voter that withholding the voter's name from
the public information list is required for the safety of the voter or the voter's family, the
secretary of state and county auditor must withhold from the public information list the
name of a registered voter.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 201.161, is amended to read:


201.161new text begin AUTOMATIC REGISTRATION OFnew text end DRIVER'S LICENSEnew text begin,
INSTRUCTION PERMIT,
new text end AND IDENTIFICATION CARD deleted text beginAPPLICATIONSdeleted text endnew text begin
APPLICANTS
new text end.

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Automatic registration. new text end

new text begin An individual who properly completes an
application for a new or renewed Minnesota driver's license, instruction permit, or
identification card, and who is eligible to vote under section 201.014, must be registered to
vote as provided in this section, unless the applicant declines to be registered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Applications. new text end

The deleted text beginDepartmentdeleted text endnew text begin commissionernew text end of public safetynew text begin, in consultation
with the secretary of state,
new text end shall change deleted text beginitsdeleted text endnew text begin thenew text end applications for an original, duplicate, or
change of address driver's licensenew text begin, instruction permit,new text end or identification card so that the forms
may also serve as voter registration applications. The forms must contain spaces for all
information collected by voter registration applications prescribed by the secretary of statedeleted text begin.
Applicants for driver's licenses or identification cards must be asked if they want to register
to vote at the same time and that
deleted text endnew text begin and a box for the applicant to decline to be registered to
vote. Unless the applicant has declined to be registered to vote or has provided an address
other than the applicant's address of residence under section 171.12, subdivision 7, paragraph
(d), the commissioner shall transmit the
new text end information deleted text beginmust be transmitted at least weeklydeleted text endnew text begin
daily
new text end by electronic means to the secretary of state. Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
of 2002, Public Law 107-252, the computerized driver's license record containing the voter's
name, address, date of birth,new text begin citizenship,new text end driver's license number or state identification
number, county, deleted text begintown,deleted text end and citynew text begin or townnew text end must be made available for access by the secretary
of state and interaction with the statewide voter registration system.

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Registration. new text end

new text begin (a) The secretary of state shall determine whether the applicant
is currently registered in the statewide voter registration system. For each currently registered
voter whose registration is not changed, the secretary of state shall update the voter's
registration date in the statewide voter registration system. For each currently registered
voter whose registration is changed, the secretary of state shall transmit the registration
daily by electronic means to the county auditor of the county where the voter resides.
new text end

new text begin (b) If the applicant is not currently registered in the statewide voter registration system,
the secretary of state shall determine whether the applicant is 18 years of age or older and
a citizen of the United States and compare the voter registration information received under
section 201.145 to determine whether the applicant is eligible to vote. If an applicant is less
than 18 years of age, the secretary of state shall wait until the applicant has turned 18 years
of age to determine whether the applicant is eligible to vote. For each applicant the secretary
of state determines is an eligible voter, the secretary of state shall transmit the registration
daily by electronic means to the county auditor of the county where the voter resides.
new text end

new text begin (c) Any data on applicants who the secretary determines are not eligible to vote are
private data on individuals, as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Notice. new text end

new text begin Upon receipt of the registration, the county auditor shall mail to the
voter the notice of registration required by section 201.121, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Effective date. new text end

new text begin (a) An application for registration that is dated during the 20
days before an election in any jurisdiction within which the voter resides is not effective
until the day after the election.
new text end

new text begin (b) An applicant for a Minnesota driver's license, instruction permit, or identification
card must not be registered to vote until the commissioner of public safety has certified that
the department's systems have been tested and can accurately provide the necessary data,
and the secretary of state has certified that the system for automatic registration of those
applicants has been tested and is capable of properly determining whether an applicant is
eligible to vote.
new text end

new text begin (c) The secretary of state must absorb any costs associated with implementation of this
section using existing appropriations provided to the secretary by law.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 204B.27, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Conferences for county auditors.

Before each state primary the secretary of
state shall conduct conferences with county auditors to instruct them on the administration
of election lawsnew text begin, election security and cybersecurity best practices,new text end and the training of local
election officials and election judges.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 204B.27, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Training for county auditors; training materials.

The secretary of state
shall develop a training program in election administration for county auditors and shall
certify each county auditor who successfully completes the training program. The secretary
of state shall provide each county auditor with materials for use in training local election
officials and election judges.new text begin The training program and materials for use in training local
election officials must include training on election security and cybersecurity best practices.
new text end

Sec. 11. new text beginTRANSITION TO NEW APPLICATION FORMS.
new text end

new text begin After the effective date of this act, an election official may use existing voter registration
forms that do not comply with the requirements in this act for applicants who are 18 years
of age or older at the time of registration. Applicants who are 17 years of age at the time of
registration must use an application form that meets the requirements of this act. Beginning
on the effective date of this act, an election official must not print or copy voter registration
applications that do not meet the requirements of this act.
new text end

Sec. 12. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; ELECTRONIC ROSTER GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2019 is appropriated from the general fund to the voting equipment
grant account in the special revenue fund. The funds appropriated to the account under this
section must only be used to provide grants to political subdivisions for the purchase or
lease of electronic roster systems meeting the technology requirements of Minnesota Statutes,
section 201.225, subdivision 2. The grants must otherwise be awarded according to the
procedures established in Minnesota Statutes, section 206.95.
new text end

Sec. 13. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; STATEWIDE VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEM.
new text end

new text begin (a) $87,000 in fiscal year 2019 is appropriated from the general fund to the secretary of
state for security upgrades to the statewide voter registration system. The upgrades must
include a response to the analysis of vulnerabilities and associated recommendations provided
to the secretary by the United States Department of Homeland Security. This is a onetime
appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (b) $1,400,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the secretary of state for the
purpose of modernizing, securing, and updating the statewide voter registration system.
This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2022.
new text end